9 missing, 12 injured in Philippines hotel fire

December 19, 2010 05:52

Police say a fire tore through a budget hotel as guests slept in the northern Philippines, injuring 12 nursing students and leaving nine missing.

The Cagayan province police chief says the fire started early Sunday on the ground floor of the five-story hotel and raged for five hours before being put out by firefighters.

Senior Superintendent Mao Aplasca said many guests at the Bed and Breakfast Pension House in Tuguegarao city were nursing students who planned to take a licensing exam in the city on Sunday.

At least 12 were taken to hospitals with minor burns. Firefighters were able to enter the gutted building in midmorning to search for the nine reported missing by their friends.

Tuguegarao is about 215 miles (350 kilometers) north of Manila.

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